Terema: Road accidents on the rise

National, Normal

The National, Monday August 5th, 2013

 ROAD accidents in the country have increased considerably and drastic action must be taken to address them, National Road Safety Council executive director Nelson Terema says.

Terema last Friday gave a new set of police uniforms and two laptop computers to the police traffic unit in Lae.

Terema said despite awareness campaigns and other efforts to educate drivers, accidents continued to take place.

He said because of this, police and the council needed to continue working together to address the problem.

“We have a good working relationship in the country. Let us continue to help each other. We are ready to assist police,” Terema said. 

Lae metropolitan commander Supt Iven Lakatani thanked the council, saying the equipment came at a time when the city’s police traffic unit needed computers to store and process their data. 

“This event is significant because it goes well with the mission of the organisation (police)-working in partnership with the community,” Lakatani said.

“Although it’s little, it means a lot to us.”

Lakatani reaffirmed the police’s commitment to work with the council. The uniforms, which included trousers, shirts and boots plus the computers, cost around K30,000. 

Terema gave the items to police at the Lae Top Town police station witnessed by operation commander Insp Fred Kaiwa and officer-in-charge of Traffic, Jimmy Yaring.